Expressive Painting in Watercolour

A 10 week course where you will learn the basics of painting in watercolour medium

Student Artwork

Teacher Artwork by Michael Solovyev

Expressive Painting in Watercolour

The beauty of water media lies in its calligraphic immediacy, luminous color, and relative speed and spontaneity.

This ten week course will introduce artists to the excitement of painting in watercolor.

Explore the joy of creating expressive and lively paintings.


Master painter Michael Solovyev will teach you his process for creating expressive and dynamic paintings with a fresh and contemporary feel. You will also learn how to combine different materials, methods and techniques to achieve the magical effects that are possible in watercolour painting.

You will become proficient in edge softening, controlling wet-in-wet, flat and graded washes and using the glazing, lifting off and spray techniques. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills required to create magical, luminous and stunning watercolour paintings.

  • Course Type Traditional Painting Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level Level 2
  • Language English


Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM

Date of first class: January 19

Duration: 10 weeks


Foundations of Drawing or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics or realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


Required Materials

Recommended essential list of materials:


If you have some favorite brand of watercolor paper, by all means, use it. Hot press paper is NOT recommended.
In other case you need 100% cotton 140 pound Rough press (Torchon) paper from Saunders or Arches, five full sheets, (30 x 22 inch). You can cut it for 15x22 inches (half)



  • Round paintbrush (or mop) squirrel, goat or equivalent
    (approximately #12)
  • Round sharp paintbrush (or rigger, liner) (approximately #4)

If you have a favourite brush set feel free to use it.
Oriental calligraphy brushes are very welcome (goat, rat, etc).

It is recommend to buy brushes after the first class.


It it highly recommended to use Daniel Smith Basic Watercolor set (15 ml tubes) for best results.

You can also use any other professional brand of your choice. However  small travel sets are not recommended

In addition to the Basic Watercolor set, it is recommended to have the following colours:

Quinacridone Sienna

Perylene Violet



Viridian Green

Pthalo Blue

Other materials

Masking tape, any board for stretch paper, pencil, eraser, simple hair dryer and Paper towels.


Course Outline

Week 1 - Understand how to work with the basic materials and paper types for watercolour painting. Learn how to prepare your materials and apply the basic techniques to, step-by-step, create a watercolour painting from life, under the guidance of the instructor.

Week 2 - Become proficient setting up your palette, filling colour evenly and using gradients, colour wheels and tables. Learn how to paint effectively with the flat, graded wash and wet-in-wet technique

Week 3 - Understand how to plan your painting and make proper use of negative space while you acquire proficiency in three basic watercolour painting techniques.

Week 4 - Learn how to create quick sketches in watercolour while working on a series of studies from life. Understand how to use the glazing technique and overlapping colours.

Week 5 - Learn how to use masking fluids, bubbles, blow and splashing to create some of the magical effects possible with watercolour painting. Begin the ''Four Seasons'' landscape project.

Week 6 - Acquire skill in dry brush and spray techniques. Receive master coaching on your ''Four Seasons'' landscape project.

Week 7 - Understand how to properly work out the details and apply the finishing touches using a thin brush. Acquire the best methods to finish, protect, frame and store your watercolour painting.

Week 8 - Become proficient in the basic techniques for watercolour painting and learn how to take advantage of the special properties of different paper types and materials.

Weeks 9 - Use all the techniques and methods learned in this class to complete your final projects while receiving one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor.

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Syn Studio offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices.

This popular class tends to fill up well before the deadline, so register early!

The Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 27th of Nov at 11:59 PM.

This class is being offered at
$499.00 $430.00
for a limited period of time (save $69!!)

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